As we near the winter holidays, and as we begin to see more and more snow on the ground, there is one thing to keep in mind:
The flu season began quietly without much commotion in early October of this year, and has shifted into peak season in December. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to the flu while adults tend to cope a bit better. The flu can quickly take its toll; coughs, headaches, sore throats, fevers and a general lack of strength are all common symptoms of the flu. These symptoms can be reduced and controlled with treatments and medication. Acupuncture and cupping are some of the most effective methods in relieving these symptoms.
As a recent report suggests, there is a new strain of the influenza virus that is making its way into different communities. As the temperature continues to rise, these viruses will continue to thrive. Earlier this month, as many as 23 states have been hit by a flu outbreak. Thousands of people are expected to be hit with the flu outbreak right before the Christmas holidays.
Dekang Medical would like to remind our patients, friends and family to keep an eye out on preventing the flu through positive hygienic practices, and to enjoy the winter holidays!
According to health Canada, it is estimated that 12,200 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die of the flu each year. The influenza virus is one of Canada’s top 10 leading causes of death every year.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The incubation period of the influenza virus can last anywhere from 1 to 4 days. Once the incubation period has finished, the victim often experiences symptoms such as fever, chills, coughs, sore throats, runny or stuffy nose, general muscle aches, headaches and fatigue.
Children may be more prone to symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. People with poor health are also susceptible to complications such as pneumonia and heart disease.
How is the flu transmitted?
The influenza virus is mainly spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes, or indirect contact between saliva from the mouth and snot from the nose.
How does Chinese Medicine Prevent the flu?
“Cultivating the inside and avoiding the outside”
1. Self acupoint massage:(massage the sides of the nose firmly with two fingers while moving up and down, repeat 50 times)
2. Medical tea: Some medicinal teas can be taken to help strengthen the immune system and to replenish vital vitamins within the body. Astagalus, chrysanthemum, coke hawthorn, honeysuckle, and tangerine peel teas are all good examples.
3. Traditional Chinese Medicine Sachets: Select 3 to 5 kinds of medicinal powders such as anise, Paeonia, lactiflora, wormwood leaves, cinnamon, and pelan to create a small sachet. These sachets can be placed under the pillow when sleeping.
4. Pediatric Massages: Pediatric massages can help children to improve their physical fitness and disease resistance. A stronger body can lead to a more power immune system which can effectively fight against the flu and other diseases.
Remember to avoid strong gusts of wind, keep warm and to take measures in a timely manner if any flu symptoms are visible.
Dekang Medical would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy winter holiday!